From March 2008

Faces Around the Bay: Miss Rosie

MissRosie.jpgMiss Rosie, as she prefers to be called, has worked at Macy’s for a year and is shown above dressing a mannequin. She remarks, “I love working here; I’m a clothes horse, and it’s especially nice working at their prime location.  When I first received the store tour, I turned to the person, eyes widened, and said, “ “This will be my office?  Goody!” Read more

Complex Celebrates Frances Dunham Catlett 100th Birthday

FrancesDunhamCatlettmug.jpgThe African American Art & Culture Complex (AAACC) invite the public to an afternoon of conversation, celebration and dancing to commemorate the upcoming 100th birthday of Frances Dunham Catlett.
This event will take place on Saturday, April 19, 2008 from 2-5pm in AAACC’s Hall of Culture.
To commemorate the occasion, the event will feature an exclusive interview with Ms. Catlett hosted by author Gwen Mazer, along with a screening of a profile of the artist excerpted from Greg Young’s documentary, “Still Kicking”, and a debut musical adaptation of Catlett’s poetry by Frances Kandl. This special event is in association with the current exhibition entitled “Frances Catlett: Celebrating a Century of Creativity,” which is currently on view at AAACC until May 4, 2008.
Both the exhibition and this event honor the lifelong works and achievements that Ms. Catlett has produced. The African American Art & Culture Complex is proud to host this celebration which will also include other tributes, entertainment, refreshments and dancing. Read more

Governor Appoints 3 to SF Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority

AnthonyIntintoliJr..jpgGovernor Arnold Schwarzenegger last week announced the appointments of Charlene Haught Johnson as chair, Anthony Intintoli Jr. as vice chair and Gerald Bellows as a member of the San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority.
“We all know how quickly ground transportation can break down in an earthquake or serious disaster making water transit so vital,” said Governor Schwarzenegger. “The San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority is a critical part of making the Bay area better prepared for such an emergency. I am confident the people appointed today will work to ensure that the people of the Bay area are safer by expanding the region’s emergency preparedness capability.”
Johnson, 62, of Colma, served as president of the San Francisco Bay Area Water Transit Authority from 2000 to December 2007. In this capacity, she was actively involved with Interferry, an international trade organization of ferry service providers, and the Passenger Vessel Association, which represents domestic ferry operators. Read more

NAACP Legal Clinic

The next Richmond NAACP Free Legal Clinic will take place on April 3, 2008 at 7:30 pm at the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, 3925 Macdonald Ave, Richmond, CA. People will receive free legal help with civil rights and family law matters. A flyer is attached. Please spread the word, especially at your churches.
For more information, please contact Mister Phillips, Esq. at (510) 672-3756.

Free Preschool Arts Program

Pre-Registration Required

The East Bay Center for Performing Arts invites the community to participate in FREE interactive performing and visual art workshops for children ages 3-5 and their family members.  Professional artists will offer one 45-minute dance and music classes followed by 45-minute visual arts classes. Additionally, early childhood learning specialists will provide optional on-site parenting workshops on the subject of nurturing creative development in young children.
The spring preschool arts program will be held on Thursdays from April 10 to May 29 from 10:00-12:00 PM. All classes will take place at the new West County First 5 Center located at 2707 Dover Street San Pablo, CA, 94806.
Caregivers must be present on-site throughout the duration of the workshop. Free snacks will be provided. Registration required. Spaces are on a first come first serve basis.
To register call Vanessa Woods at The East Bay Center for the Performing Arts 510.234.5624 x24, or vanessa@eastbaycenter.org

Faces Around the Bay: Liza Gesuden

LizaGesuden.jpg Liza Gesuden is shown here selecting books for her classes at Marcus Book Store. Students from around the East Bay, including Richmond, Berkeley, and South County are enrolled at Oakland School for the Arts, where she teaches English.
Gesuden says, “There are many excited students in our charter school because it is better, smaller, and students can specialize in training in the arts.  Our day is 8-4.”  She explains, “In a Public Charter, each school has a particular focus, ie. ours is Art.  Public means it is state funded and open to all and free.  Entrance in the high-school is based on an audition, which the faculty does.  Our school teaches dance, literary art, drama, visual arts, theater, vocal music, and instrumental.” Read more

Brown: In Black and White

Williebrown.jpg(Left to right) Mario Juarez at the book signing of former San Francisco Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr.’s recent publication of “Basic Brown”. The book signing was held at Merritt College on March 19th. Elihu Harris, Chancellor of Peralta Community College District, watches as former Mayor Brown autographs a copy of his book to Mario Juarez. Photo by Gene Hazzard.

Opportunities for Artists

 $200,000 available to purchase artworks

The Alameda County Arts Commission is offering new opportunities for artists to have their work considered for the Alameda County Art Collection. Artists who make two-dimensional, low-relief, or wall sculptural artwork, and artists at all levels of professional development are invited to apply. More than $200,000 is available to purchase existing artwork and to commission artists to create new works of art. Through the Artwork Purchase Program existing artwork will be acquired and installed at County buildings.
The final selections must be approved by the Arts Commission Board. Applications for these opportunities must be submitted online through the CaFÉTM website, www.callforentry.org (search for “Alameda County”). A free technical application workshop will be held at the Alameda County Conference Center (125 12th Street at Oak, Oakland) on Thursday, April 3 at 1pm. Space is limited; call the Arts Commission Office to make a reservation. Read more

Newseum Dedicates Journalist's Memorial

By Conway Jones

HarryBrooksmug.jpgOn Friday, April 4, 2008, the Freedom Forum Journalists Memorial, located in the Newseum in Washington, D.C., will have its opening dedication honoring journalists who gave their lives reporting the news.
The Journalists Memorial honors newspeople who died or were killed in the pursuit of news. It bears the names of reporters, editors, photographers, broadcasters and executives who died covering wars, civil violence or natural disasters, or who were killed because of their work.
The Journalists Memorial displays the names of 1,843 journalists from around the world who have made the ultimate sacrifice in their commitment to reporting. Of those, 66 died in 2006, and 92 died in 2007. Chauncey W. Bailey, Jr., editor of the Oakland Post newspaper, a 45 year-old Black-owned newspaper, was killed while investigating several sensitive stories. Read more

UN Day For Victims of Slavery

Amistad.jpgThe United Nations has designated March 25th as an annual Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.  In December of 2007 the UN General Assembly passed a resolution “to inculcate future generations with the causes, consequences and lessons of the trans-Atlantic slave trade and slavery, in order to communicate the dangers of racism and prejudice.”

This year, the United Nations will sponsor several days of special programs to raise awareness of the 400-years of the slave trade. The Schooner Amistad provides an icon that represents the ideals behind the UN resolution. It serves as a vehicle for involving young people throughout the world with the issues of slavery, racism, and the universal quest for freedom and justice.

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Ernestine Dunlap Logan, 1916-2008

ErnestineLoganmug.jpgErnestine Logan was born in Seminole County, Oklahoma to Ollie and Elizabeth Dunlap. She was educated in elementary, junior high and high schools in Wewoka, OK along with her husband Euell K. Logan whom she married in 1937 and who preceded her in death in 1999. The eldest of ten children, she learned management and care-giving skills which later became avocations including nursing, real estate, steam bath/massage salon owner, and rest home co-owner/operator. She was a founding member of Ephesian COGIC in Berkeley, CA and later attended Shiloh Christian Fellowship in Oakland until her death. Read more

New U.N. Report Notes Racial Disparities in the U.S.

Newsfiller.jpgRecently, a key committee at the United Nations raised concern over racism in the United States and the government’s failure to combat racial inequality.

In its findings, the U.N. committee highlights ways in which racial discrimination still plays a role in the American experience. The U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) repeatedly expressed concern that civil and human rights in the U.S. have been “rolled back”.
Problems range from racial segregation in the schools and racial disparities in the criminal justice system, to decreased access to the courts. “As the U.N. has confirmed, the failure of the U.S. government to ensure that people have access to justice through the courts constitutes a flagrant violation of international human rights law,” said Cristóbal Joshua Alex, Campaign Coordinator of the National Campaign To Restore Civil Rights (NCRCR) and envoy to the Committee. Read more

Judge Orders Hodge Back on the Ballot

City Ordered to Explain Why Nomination Petition Was Invalidated

By Paul Cobb

Greghodgemug.jpgIn a dramatic legal move, Greg Hodge, candidate for City Council in District 3 (West Oakland, Adams Point, Downtown, Jack London Square) received a favorable ruling from Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch in his bid to be listed on the June 3rd primary ballot. After about 2 weeks of unusual maneuvers by the City Clerk’s office, the judge rendered an order which requires the City Attorney’s office to show cause why Hodge, a current Oakland Board of Education member, should not be allowed to pursue his candidacy against incumbent Nancy Nadel and political newcomer Sean Sullivan in the upcoming elections.

After sending a certified letter informing the Hodge for Oakland campaign that it had met the requirement of collecting at least 50 signatures from registered voters who live in his district, the City Clerk reversed its decision. In the papers filed in court on Tuesday, the City Clerk identified attorney Stuart Flashman and activist James Vann, two of Nadel’s supporters, as the parties who requested that the matter be reviewed and reopened. It is unclear whether Councilwoman Nadel played a direct role in overturning the Clerk’s decision. Hodge was never informed of the challenge by Nadel’s supporters. The Clerk’s office maintains that Hodge is one signature shy of qualifying for the election. Read more

McClymonds’ best Are Also Champions At The College Level

Nhi-Troung.jpgWhen the McClymonds High School (MACK) boys’ basketball team recently won the title as the best team in California and was rated among the top 3 teams in the country, few noticed that MACK students also had the “keys” for scoring among the BEST in college academic achievements as well.
Known as the School of Champions, especially for its high achievements “above the rim”, MACK is also showing the world, with an assist from the Kiwanis Club of Oakland, that it can also “sport” scholastic high achievers at the university level.
The Kiwanis Club is a group of local men and women who believe in the motto ‘Serving the children of the World’ through their BEST (Business, Educational, Science and Technology) program.
The Kiwanis Club serves youth by sponsoring Key Clubs in three Oakland schools.  Key Clubs are designed to promote community service, leadership development and fellowship.  Read more

Mayor Dellums and the Chronicle:

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Mayor Ronald V. Dellums presenting certificates of appreciation to some of the 25 interns who assisted the Mayor and his successful 2006 election campaign at an event held at Everett & Jones Barbecue restaurant. Photo by Gene Hazzard, 2006.

The Stories They Missed

By Post Staff

Mayor Dellums won the Mayoral election easily without a run-off and without the endorsement of the San Francisco Chronicle.
So how do they cover Oakland’s mayor now, the mayor they did not choose?
Seven of the many stories the Chronicle missed on the issues that matter most to Oaklanders: jobs and development, public safety, air quality, especially in West Oakland, HIV/AIDS, successes of our youth.
a) Mayor Dellums proposed a policy that would maintain the land needed for businesses and jobs to grow in Oakland. His policy was endorsed by the Central Labor Council, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Community Task Forces. These groups held a press conference, went to City Council, and were successful in winning most of the Mayor’s policy. This is the first forward motion on this issue after years and years of arguing. The Chronicle did not send a reporter to the press conference and did not write one word about this major accomplishment. Read more

Blake Takes King’s Mantle

CharlesBlakemug.jpgOn Thursday, April 3, 2008, at the exact hour and at the same pulpit that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. preached his last sermon at Mason Temple 40 years ago, Bishop Charles E. Blake, presiding prelate of the Church Of God In Christ, the largest Holiness- Pentecostal denomination in the world, will launch a post-civil rights campaign to reclaim poor Black children in U.S. inner cities and in Africa.

Bishop Blake will lead his first Pan African Leadership Summit in Memphis, Tennessee. Church and private-sector leaders and policy intellectuals from the U.S. and abroad will join Bishop Blake in Memphis as he outlines a new programmatic and policy agenda. Read more

Making it Last Forever

Keith Sweat Headlines Paramount Soul Show

By Kwan Booth

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The years have been good to Keith Sweat. Since hitting the ground running with a chart topping single 20 years ago, he’s had a series of hits as a solo artist, producer and collaborator and has managed to keep his passion while others from the era have faded into pop music history.

In conversation it’s clear the smooth crooner has mellowed even more over the years, while perfecting the style of upbeat, “New Jack Swing” R&B that made him famous. When fans see him this Friday at the for the “Ladies Night Out Tour” alongside Bell, Biv, Devoe and Tony! Toni! Tone!, the singer says they can expect a show dripping with vintage Sweat.

“You hear other artists out here who make the mistake of trying to be trendy. They really try to keep up. I know people want to hear Keith Sweat. I’m conscious of the people who have followed me the whole time, since day one.”

It’s those listeners he’s caters to on the new album, Just Me, due in early May from Atco/Rhino Records. The album is his first studio effort since 2002′s Rebirth and finds the singer mining the same slow jamming, candle lit, baby making territory first explored on 1988′s Make it Last Forever. Read more

Student Field Trip Launches Dreams

PerlaCantu.jpgA field trip experience while an Oakland Public School elementary student changed Perla Cantu’s life. Now a biology major at Mills College on an East Bay College Fund scholarship, Perla keeps her eye on the distance and reaches for the stars. As a member of Mills’ cross-country track team, she runs daily in the Oakland hills, past Chabot Space & Science Center, but she’d never been inside until Tuesday, when she assisted in a OneCal Bank sponsored field trip for three classes of 5th graders from Oakland public schools. Participating side by side with students, Perla’s engaging presence may help them launch their own college and career aspirations.
“In the Oakland neighborhood where I grew up, museum-going was not the norm. After my mother accompanied my class on a field trip to the Oakland Museum, my family went regularly to see the exhibits. We began learning about California history and being open to things we hadn’t known were available,” Perla said. “My mother didn’t speak English and no one in my family had been to college. I didn’t even know what the word meant until the 8th grade.” Though she excelled in school, it was from pressure to be a role model for her younger siblings, not to prepare for higher education. Read more

Political Shifts Among Evangelicals?

JaniceShawCrouse.jpgTraditionally, evangelicals and other values voters have voted for conservative candidates who share their worldview and beliefs on the social issues. In a political climate where those values are not fully embraced by any of the candidates, political analysts contend that such voters are turning to the candidate who is most attractive or who “seems” to be “speaking their language.”
Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse, former Bush’s presidential speechwriter and a spokesperson for Concerned Women for America, said, “Increasingly, the left is recognizing that the values voters are a huge voting bloc that is up for grabs in this election — the same voting bloc that put George Bush in the White House.
Many of those values voters have said that there is no place for them to go in this election, so they are considering sitting out the general election. The left is convinced that if they speak the rhetoric of values, they can lure those voters into their fold. Thus, we are hearing religious, social conservative lingo from the mouths of non-native speakers of the language.” Read more

Gov. Schwarzenegger Appoints Michael Minor, Superintendent of DeWitt Nelson Youth Correctional Facility

By Post Staff

Michael-Minor.jpgMichael Minor, 48, of Elk Grove, has been appointed superintendent of the DeWitt Nelson Youth Correctional Facility (YCF).
Since 2005, he has served as the acting superintendent at DeWitt Nelson YCF in Stockton. Earlier in 2005, Minor was a major at DeWitt Nelson YCF and, from 1998 to 2005, was a major at N.A. Chaderjian Youth Correctional Facility in Stockton. From 1997 to 1998, he was a captain at Karl Holton Youth Correctional Facility in Stockton and, from 1994 to 1997, was a lieutenant at DeWitt Nelson YCF.
Prior to that, Minor was a sergeant at the Northern California Youth Correctional Center in Stockton from 1991 to 1994, a youth correctional counselor at DeWitt Nelson YCF from 1989 to 1991 and a youth correctional officer at DeWitt Nelson YCF from 1986 to 1989. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $125,892. Minor is registered decline-to-state.

Schwarzenegger Chooses More Minorities For Judgeships Than GOP Predecessors

By Edwin Garcia
The San Jose Mercury News

When Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger first expressed a desire to appoint more judges of racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds, some leaders of minority bar associations were skeptical.
Sharon-Majors-Lewis.jpg They expected him to appoint relatively few, the practice of previous Republican governors.
But the skeptics have been proved wrong, as growing numbers of experienced lawyers who belong to minority groups are applying for judgeships – and being appointed to the bench – as part of Schwarzenegger’s effort to diversify courtrooms throughout the state.
About 22 percent of Schwarzenegger’s judicial appointees to date identify themselves as Asian-American, Latino or African-American, up from a cumulative total of about 16 percent just 18 months ago.
Schwarzenegger’s share of minority judicial appointments since taking office in late 2003 has surpassed that of Govs. Pete Wilson and George Deukmejian, who served a full eight years each.
According to state records, 31 percent of judicial applicants in 2007 belonged to a minority group, up from 29 percent from 2006. Read more

Why is Cuba Exporting Its Health Care Miracle To the World’s Poor?

Sarah-Van-Gelder.jpgBy Sarah van Gelder,
Executive Editor, YES!

U.S. Students in Cuba
Part Three

Recently, Cuba extended the offer of free medical training to students from the United States. It started when Representative Bennie Thompson of Mississippi got curious after he and other members of the Congressional Black Caucus repeatedly encountered Cuban or Cuban-trained doctors in poor communities around the world.
They visited Cuba in May 2000, and during a conversation with Fidel Castro, Thompson brought up the lack of medical access for his poor, rural constituents. “He [Castro] was very familiar with the unemployment rates, health conditions, and infant mortality rates in my district, and that surprised me,” Thompson said. Castro offered scholarships for low-income Americans under the same terms as the other international students?they have to agree to go back and serve their communities. Read more

Budget Cut Strips Alameda’s High School Sports Programs

DanielSotelo.jpgBy Daniel Sotelo

Over the years, Encinal High School has enjoyed a very successful baseball program, epitomized by two current Major League Baseball players, Dontrelle Willis and Jimmy Rollins. Both made national news recently, with Willis being traded from the Florida Marlins to the Detroit Tigers, and Rollins, who has evolved into one of the league’s premier shortstops with the Philadelphia Phillies, being named the National League’s Most Valuable Player.
Two weeks ago, Encinal and Alameda high school students walked out of class and protested a proposed $4.4 million in district-wide budget cuts.
Along with cutting from Advanced Placement and elementary music classes, the Alameda Unified School District has proposed cutting $265,000 from the district’s $365,000 in athletics funding, leaving only $100,000 for both high schools to use for their sports programs. Read more